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Beware the pitfalls of using VPNs for sports betting and gaming online VPNs (virtual private networks) seem to be all the rage these days. Their usage varies by country (more on that later), but we are talking about over 10% of the people on the planet using them on a regular basis. 21:18

Beware the pitfalls of using VPNs for sports betting and gaming online
VPNs (virtual private networks) seem to be all the rage these days. Their usage varies by country (more on that later), but we are talking about over 10% of the people on the planet using them on a regular basis.

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VPNs (virtual private networks) seem to be all the rage these days. Their usage varies by country (more on that later), but we are talking about over 10% of the people on the planet using them on a regular basis. In the UK, it’s higher than the average, with around 14% of the population using them.

If you weren’t aware, a VPN offers internet users the chance to, for want of a better term, “spoof their location”. They are handy tools for privacy, but most people tend to use them for reasons that delve into legal grey areas. For instance, we all have that tech-savvy mate who knows how to get Netflix USA or access to something else not usually available in the UK.

But recently, we have seen lots of evidence of people using VPNs to access gambling platforms. If you look at YouTube or Twitch, for example, you might see US-based casino streamers playing at online casinos registered somewhere in the Caribbean. They do this through the use of a VPN.

VPNs break down bordersOf course, in the UK, there is relatively liberal and open gambling regulation, meaning most people can access betting and gaming whenever they want. But there are reasons to make VPNs alluring. The use of cryptocurrency, for instance. Or the simple fact you might see better odds with Australian bookmakers for a particular horse race than what you see with the UK-based brands.

One of the interesting things is that there is very little in the way of prevention or enforcement. If you are an Aussie ex-pat living in London, the police aren’t going to break down your door to arrest you for placing a bet on the Melbourne Cup or Socceroos in the World Cup with your Ladbrokes’ Australia account.

However, not all is as it seems. For a start, while it is not technically illegal to use a VPN to access online products outside your jurisdictions (when gambling is legal at the point of origin), you still run afoul of several regulatory problems.

For a start, you will have broken the platform’s terms of service – in several ways – including providing false information. And unfortunately, breaking those terms of service means that the platform can confiscate your funds.

Your protections might be limitedWhile it might be an extreme case and not enforced by every platform, the confiscation of funds is an interesting example. The reason is that it calls into play the other thing you eschew when using a VPN – regulatory protection. If you have a beef with an online sportsbook or casino, you can take that grievance to the UKGC (UK Gambling Commission) or IBAS (Independent Betting Adjudication Service). These watchdogs will ensure that you are being treated fairly, but you can’t use their services if you aren’t operating within their jurisdiction.
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None of this is meant to denigrate the use of VPNs. They are useful tools that can provide important security and privacy for users. Here in the UK, we might see them as a funny gadgets, but they are essential equipment in other regions where internet freedom is limited, which is one of the reasons that VPN use is so high in regions with high internet censorship. Here, you can use them to get better movies on Netflix or place a bet with better odds, but you should not forget that you will run the gauntlet when the law can’t protect you.
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